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Volume Listing > Volume 88 > Ringlingville USA: the stupendous story of seven siblings and their stunning circus success

Apps, Jerold W., 1934- "Ringlingville USA: the stupendous story of seven siblings and their stunning circus success"


Ringlingville USA: The Stupendous Story of Seven Siblings and their Stunning Circus Success: In this excerpt from the book Ringlingville USA, author Jerry Apps gives a brief history of the modern-day circus in the United States. He describes the first two shows to appear in Wisconsin -- Samuel Nichol's tented circus in Racine, 1843, and Edmund and Jeremiah Mabie's circus colony at Delavan, 1847. Apps then details the arrival of the Ringling Brothers' Circus to a rural town in the state, marveling at the diligence and organization of traveling circus workers and performers who repeated their routines nearly every day of the 8-month long circus season. (6 pages)

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Citation: Apps, Jerold W., 1934- "Ringlingville USA: the stupendous story of seven siblings and their stunning circus success" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 88 /Issue: 4 (2004-2005)

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